NFU Scotland has joined other agricultural and business organisations as partners in the LGBTQ+ farming organisation, Agrespect.

Agrespect is a UK-wide organisation which looks to encourage and promote inclusiveness in rural communities for LGBTQ+ people living in those communities.

NFU Scotland has signed the Agrespect pledge which reads: ‘We stand against prejudice and support rural LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion and enablement’.

NFU Scotland’s membership is made up of a diverse range of people with different backgrounds, genders, religions and sexual preferences. This diversity only makes the Union stronger and should be celebrated.

Andrew McCornick, NFU Scotland President, said: “Many LGBTQ+ people in the farming and crofting community still choose not to disclose their sexuality because of discrimination and bias. We all have a moral responsibility to advocate and support our friends and colleagues regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.”

“I want NFUS to be a welcoming, tolerant and vibrant place for all members, staff and affiliates and for this reason NFUS will not accept discrimination of any kind. Being open about your sexuality shouldn’t be a barrier to leading a happy life and a fulfilling career in the countryside and land-based industries.”

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 12 prime heifers at Ayr on Tuesday to a top of 240p/kg for a Limousin cross and to £1386 for another Limousin cross to average 222p overall. Five prime, beef bred bullocks sold to 210p for a Charolais cross and averaged 178p, while a dairy steer sold to 147p for a Black & White.

There were also 155 cattle sold in the Rough Ring.

Cast beef cows sold to £1100, while cast dairy cows peaked at £940 for a Black and White. Cast bulls sold to £980 for a Shorthorn.

A total of 22 dairy cattle were also sold. The commercial was section topped at £2080 for a Holstein heifer, while in the pedigree section heifers sold to 2120 Guineas for a Holstein.

Caledonian Marts Ltd sold 1553 prime lambs at Stirling on Tuesday to average 186p overall (+13p on the week or +25p on the year) with the average per head of £83.48 being +£12.01 on the year.

Top price was £103 for a 54kg Beltex. Top price per kg was 228p for a 43kg Beltex.

There were also 447 Cast Ewes and tups forward.

Heavy Ewes averaged £87.34 selling to £170 for a Beltex, while Light ewes averaged £57.47 selling to £78 for Cheviots.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 1501 prime lambs in Newton Stewart yesterday.

Top prices were £95 and 217p/kg with the overall average levelling at 183p (+12.4p) or £83.04 per head. Cast ewes sold to £120 for a Charolais cross with Mules to £63 and Blackfaces to £53.